Chemistry, Engineering & Medicine for Human Health
Gnotobiotic Animal Care Assistant
This position is represented by SEIU Local 2007 and the collective bargaining agreement between the university and SEIU Local 2007 governs the terms and conditions of employment.
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SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Stanford University is seeking a highly motivated Gnotobiotic Animal Care Assistant (Animal Care Assistant II) for a role in our ambitious new effort to build the microbiome from scratch. Our goal is to take advantage of the tremendous promise of the microbiome to treat human disease. Candidates should have good hands and strong organizational skills. Ideal candidates are self-starters, comfortable with autonomy, and embrace opportunities to tackle new problems and challenges as part of a dynamic team in a start-up-like environment within the University.
This position will be involved in maintaining a gnotobiotic mouse facility, working independently to support various research projects. The ideal candidate will be able to attain a high degree of independence in helping maintain the mouse colony and gnotobiotic facility. Candidate will need to demonstrate aptitudes in foresight, planning, and an ability to organize and schedule the many tasks associated with running a gnotobiotic mouse facility. Some ability to build and assemble equipment is desired. Understanding the principals of sterilization is a key facet of the position. If you have these skills and the ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, then this may be the position for you!
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Perform basic functions and activities involved in maintenance of gnotobiotic mouse facility and defined research projects, and independently conduct and analyze experiments.
Your responsibilities include*:
Basic mouse care and husbandry, including feeding and watering as well as cage maintenance, according to standard operating procedures or research protocols
Observe and record signs of unusual appearance, behavior, illness, or death in mice; complete and maintain forms as required
Clean and maintain job-related equipment and animal rooms
Building, modification, and sterilizing of gnotobiotic isolators and other supplies
Keep accurate and complete records on animal inventories and activities as required by various regulatory agencies
Adhere to safety rules
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
High School Diploma/GED
One year of applicable animal care experience in a research or animal laboratory environment or a combination of equivalent education and work experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to operate sterilizing equipment
Ability to handle small animals
Demonstrated habits of cleanliness and neatness
Ability to keep detailed records pertaining to animal census, cage inventory, and cage washing and sterilizing temperatures
Ability to follow oral and/or written instructions in English
Ability to learn techniques and procedures required to care for and handle mice
Ability to operate a variety of equipment, such as cage washer or sterilizing equipment
Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds, e.g. feed bags or cages
Ability to work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment
Familiarity with NIH guidelines, Stanford animal care and use policies, and USDA regulations
Ability to safely operate hand-truck, forklift, pallet jack machines, as well as non-commercial vans, trucks and light transit vehicles
Experience performing mouse husbandry using gnotobiotic isolators, including monitoring mouse conditions and sterilization of materials for introduction into germ-free isolators.
Experience with mouse colony maintenance.
Basic mouse handling skills, including oral gavage and blood draw.
Often lift and carry materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
Frequently handle materials up to 20 lbs. Occasionally carry/pull up to 60 pounds, push over 60 pounds.
Walk/stand for long periods.
Bend, squat, reach above the shoulder level.
Often use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
Required vision abilities includes close, distance, color, peripheral and depth perception
Ability to talk and to hear.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
May required to work overtime, evenings, and weekends, including Holidays, sometimes in inclement weather conditions.
Work in direct contact with animals and all components of animal housing and animal research environment.
May be exposed to dust, fumes or gases, chemical or toxic substances.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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